Michael was born and raised in Oak Park, Illinois. While in high school Michael spent two years studying at the Art Institute of Chicago before going on to receive his B.A. in Studio Art from Loras College in Dubuque, IA in 1998.
Since graduation from Loras, Michael has been exhibiting and selling his artwork throughout the Chicago-land area. In addition to gallery showings, pieces of Michael's work hang permanently in corporations through the Chicagoland area and Iowa and have sold into private collections.